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  • Provenance

    Toy One Company, Hong Kong
    Private collection, Asia
    Private collection
    Christie's, Hong Kong, March 23, 2017, lot 27
    Private collection, California
    Heritage Auction, Beverly Hills, November 30, 2017, lot 69069
    Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 103, p. 96 (another example exhibited)

  • Artist Biography


    American • 1974

    KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is renowned for his prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies.  

    KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, the artist’s imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’s artworks are highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and influence in today’s culture.  

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stamped with the artist's name and date “© KAWS..07” on the underside of the figure's right foot; further stamped with the date and fabricator “MEDICOM TOY 2007 MADE IN CHINA” on the underside of the figure's left foot
painted cast vinyl
49 x 22 x 14 in. (124.5 x 55.9 x 35.6 cm.)
Executed in 2007, this work is from an edition of 100 and is accompanied by the original box and a Certificate of Authenticity from Medicom Toy.

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Ten Monkeys and a Dolphin: Banksy & KAWS

New York Selling Exhibition 14 January-10 February 2020